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Management ER: Can this employee be saved?

Years ago, I remember a column in a prominent women’s magazine, maybe Good Housekeeping, entitled “Can this marriage be saved?”  The story would be told from his point of view and hers, followed by analysis and counsel.  A bit sappy … Continue reading

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Position Matters – leading effective meetings

Have you ever been stuck in one of those interminable meetings that go nowhere?  Ever had one of your own meetings get bogged down and sidetracked?  Many years ago (I won’t say how many), very early in my IBM career, … Continue reading

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Disaster Recovery – Reflections on the floods of December 2007

Like most Washingtonians, we listened to the torrential rain hitting our roof hour after hour, periodically checking vulnerable areas of our property for rising waters.  For the second time in our memory, the intrepid Dennis dug trenches in the pouring … Continue reading

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Management 101 – Is poor management costing you employees?

The importance of good first line management to an organization is frequently given short shrift, in my experience.  This is particularly true with small companies that may have limited training budgets.  This may not be the best place for penny pinching, … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! Ready to hit the ground running?

It’s January 2, 2008!  The crystal ball in New York has dropped, the fireworks have exploded from the Space Needle (at least some of them), the champagne has been drunk and Auld Lang Syne sung.  We’ve had a day to … Continue reading

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Attracting and keeping the best employees

Lots of us shoppers out there are Costco addicts.  Speaking for myself, I have to say I love the thrill of the hunt, finding something unusual and exciting at a great price.  I appreciate the more mundane benefits of shopping … Continue reading

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12 Steps to Take Your Company to the Next Level – Part 2

Step 1: Business Structure and Governance There are several viable forms of business entities, each with pros and cons relating to personal liability, income tax, payroll tax, limits on the number of owners, and taxation on profit distributions. Your business … Continue reading

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12 Steps That Will Take Your Company to the Next Level – Part One

Business is both exciting and dynamic. The variety is endless. Products and services are constantly expanding, as are the ways they are offered to the public. New industries emerge regularly, with attendant new opportunities. And the personalities of the diverse … Continue reading

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Welcome to our blog, Business In Washington!

At Next Step Solutions, Inc., we are business operations consultants focused on small- to medium-sized companies. We are passionate about business and strive to help businesses grow, thrive, and make more money. Our clients are entrepreneurs who have built businesses … Continue reading

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